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Belatedness of Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2424  Monday, 22 December 2003

[1]     From:   Michael B. Luskin <
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        Date:   Friday, 19 Dec 2003 11:05:54 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2410 Belatedness of Hamlet

[2]     From:   Gerald E. Downs <
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        Date:   Saturday, 20 Dec 2003 19:27:25 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2410 Belatedness of Hamlet

[3]     From:   Harvey Roy Greenberg <
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        Date:   Sunday, 21 Dec 2003 11:48:32 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2410 Belatedness of Hamlet


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From:           Michael B. Luskin <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Dec 2003 11:05:54 EST
Subject: 14.2410 Belatedness of Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2410 Belatedness of Hamlet

>What possible grounds could Hamlet have for killing Claudius before the
>wedding?

Old Norway is Fortinbras' Uncle, not the king, true?

Not sure why Hamlet should be allowed an opinion about the remarriage of
his mother, it's a personal matter and a matter of state, Hamlet is 30
years old, living away from home.

How do we know that Hamlet was kept prisoner, letter writing privileges
allowed, on his return to Denmark?  He even says that all Denmark is a
prison.

Why would anyone think that R$G are carrying his correspondence, or are
going to do time with Hamlet?

Michael B. Luskin

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From:           Gerald E. Downs <
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Date:           Saturday, 20 Dec 2003 19:27:25 EST
Subject: 14.2410 Belatedness of Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2410 Belatedness of Hamlet

Dana Wilson said:

>It has occurred to me that the belatedness of Hamlet also applies
>to the killing of Claudius: That if H had killed him sooner the tragedy
>could have been avoided.

Then Shakespeare could have concentrated on something better.

Gerald E. Downs

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From:           Harvey Roy Greenberg <
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Date:           Sunday, 21 Dec 2003 11:48:32 EST
Subject: 14.2410 Belatedness of Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2410 Belatedness of Hamlet

Quite a bit has been written in cinema scholarship about 'profilmic'
space -- what takes place 'around' the frame; also prequel thoughts
(without a real prequel) as well as alternative histories: e.g. Coover's
steamy narrative about Rick and Ilsa actually making love when they meet
again in CASABLANCA. In a piece about HAMLET some time ago, I mentioned
alternate scripts about what transpired during the 'blank space' of
Hamlet's sojurn with the pirates. The writer 's hypothesis about Old
Norway inter alia is new to me. Has this been abstracted from a paper,
and if so is it -- and similar material -- available? I do not much care
for Updyke's prequel in Gertrude and Claudius, by the by.

Thanks in advance,
Harvey Roy Greenberg MD

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